Miguel Groba Groba

Category: Musician
Birth Date: 3rd April 1935
Birth Place: Gulans - Ponteareas (Pontevedra)

He started his musical studies in the 'Unión de Guláns' Music Band. In 1946, he became a member of the band and conductor in 1951. In 1956, he was successful in a public competition to enter the second category of the National Corps of Music Bands Conductors and the first category in 1963. He conducted the municipal bands 'Pradoluengo' (Burgos), 'Pedro Muñoz' (Ciudad Real), 'Coca' (Segovia) and the provincial band in Madrid. In 1970, he became a teacher at the Music Conservatoire in Madrid, asking for leave of absence in 1984. In 1962, he took a degree in Composition and Orchestra Conductorship in 1975. He got extraordinary prizes for his degrees and academic record as well as prizes at the Counterpoint and Composition Contests. He conducted 'Rosalía de Castro' Choir of the Galician Centre in Madrid, 'Santo Tomás de Aquino' Choir at Complutense University in Madrid (with this choir he made a tour around Argentina and Brazil), the Child's Choir of the County Council of Madrid and 'Roberto Grandío' Orchestra in London. In 1984, he founded the Choir of Madrid and the Orchestra in 1987. He conducted both groups until 2000. It was then that he retired.

 Work & Activities

With the Choir of Madrid, he performed in the most important theatres ('National Auditorium', 'Royal Theatre', 'García Barbón' Theatre in Vigo and 'Rosalía de Castro' Theatre in A Coruña) and festivals in Spain: Santander, Oviedo, Granada, Madrid, A Coruña, Alicante and Soria. He also performed in festivals in Poland, Yugoslavia and France. As far as composition is concerned, he wrote plays for band, choir, and orchestras as well as for theatre and TV

 Other Interesting Aspects

He got a prize at a contest of signature tunes for TV. He was also awarded with 'Culture' Prize (2000) for Music in Madrid